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LSU OC Cam Cameron: QBs will be ‘markedly improved,’ focused on leadership and decision making

LSU OC Cam Cameron says Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are growing. (Bill Feig)

LSU OC Cam Cameron says Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are growing. (Bill Feig)

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says LSU fans will see “markedly improved” quarterback play this season, and that QBs Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris continue “growing.”

Cameron, in a 15-minute interview on ESPN 104.5’s Culotta & The Prince, said he heads into spring practice with two goals for his quarterbacks: grow more as leaders and make better decisions.

“It’s not a throwing competition. For any quarterback, it’s still a leadership position,” he said. “It’s decision making. It’s growth. It’s the ability to be accurate.”

“I think they’re athletic enough, think they’re tough enough,” he said of Jennings and Harris. “They bring a lot of talent to the table. Now, it’s the chemistry part and our passing game and even in our zone read, running attack. A lot of things developing. Think you’re going to see guys markedly improved.”

Cameron touched on LSU’s “outstanding” 2015 recruiting class and about re-recruiting draft-eligible players. He spoke about how his offense will need to “reinvent” itself without FB Connor Neighbors and how RB Leonard Fournette will be the “focal point.”

He says coach Les Miles makes decisions on the quarterback battle and discusses WR Malachi Dupre’s weight gain.

Here are the nuggets:

  • Asked if the starting quarterback battle was an open competition in the spring, Cameron joked, “Well, what has Les told you?” Cameron declined to comment on the question specifically.

There’s not a program at any level – high school, college or the National Football League – where the head coach doesn’t make the call on the quarterback position. I don’t care how long .. this is my 32nd season.

That’s Les’ decision. Obviously Anthony comes back, having started in the bowl game. Those are comments that come from your head coach.

  • While speaking about how LSU coaches re-recruit players, Cameron suggested that receiver Travin Dural was thinking about leaving early and entering the NFL draft. He said coaches may have done “some of the best recruiting” after the bowl game, when Miles met with draft-eligible players in their homes to try to convince them to remain in school.

    Cam Cameron may "reinvent" LSU's offense. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

    Cam Cameron may “reinvent” LSU’s offense. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Some of the best recruiting we did this year is right when we got off the plane (from) Nashville. Les went out and went out and visitied with all of the draft eligbiel parents and sat down and talked to them.

It’s different. Not only are you recruiting classes of 15, class of 16, class of 17. You’re re-recruiting all of these other class that you had once guys become draft eligible. 

Getting Travin Dural … guys were thinking about coming out that people wouldn’t even dream of leaving.

  • Could LSU’s offense be looking at a schematic change this season without Neighbors? Sounds like it. “We’ve got to reinvent our ourselves to a degree,” Cameron said after being asked about Neighbors’ absence and a possible expanded role for tight ends. Cameron mentioned new signee David Ducre, the No. 1-ranked fullback in the nation. He’s the only scholarship fullback on the roster.
  • Cameron says LSU’s offensive “focal point” will be running back Leonard Fournette and that the former top-ranked recruit will touch the ball 15-20 times per game. He said LSU coaches last season decided to make a switch and use Fournette in what he called an “old school” type scheme.

To your point, I think there’s no question that we’ve got to do a great job of distributing the football from outside in but also knowing we don’t want to come out of games without Leonard touching the ball 20 times, 15 times.

You saw that shift toward Leonard in some critical games. We said, ‘OK, we’ve got to get him the football more.’ It’s old school, it’s a little old fashioned but I think it was the right fit for this past season.

You’ll see us expand not only how we use him but how we use everybody else as well.

  • Cameron called LSU’s recruiting class “outstanding” and mentioned a couple of the more unheralded players like TE Foster Moreau and WR Jazz Ferguson. Cameron said Moreau could add “as much as 50 pounds” and that Ferguson is likely to gain “20 -30″ pounds and reminds him of former San Digeo Chargers’ receiver Vincent Jackson.

Some of them might be considered sleepers but if we recruit them, we offer them and they come here, in our minds they’re all-SEC talent and guys we think will jump from here to the next level.

  • Speaking of weight gains: Cameron says Dupre has gained at least 10 pounds this offseason.

He’s in the weight room, getting bigger and stronger. We’re reminded Jarvis Landry caught one pass as a freshman. You look what Malachi was able to do.

  • Cameron said he’s not sure he’s every had a ready-made sophomore or freshman quarterback, when speaking of Jennings and Harris.

Want our quarterback to be a multiplier and lift everybody around him. I’m confident both of these guys have that ability. Now, we’ve got to do it on a more consistent basis.

The view to try to find holes in guys and plug those holes you see in them is really not the view I have. The view I have is about growth and development. I don’t know if I’ve had one as a freshman and, even, as a sophomore that’s ready made. There’s a lot that goes into this position. They’re both growing. I think you’re going to see that growth.

Les Miles: “This is a class that, in my mind, will help us compete for championships”

Les Miles on Wednesday addressing reporters.

Les Miles on Wednesday addressing reporters.

Les Miles addressed reporters about the 2015 signing class Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a live blog throughout the day about that signing class.

  • LSU lost LB Leo Lewis to Mississippi State. Miles: “Certainly, we missed on a linebacker we thought we had.” … “Next year’s class will have to be a very, very heavy linebacker class.”
  • Miles says Donte Jackson can be a punt and kick returner, carry and catch footballs and be “a lock down corner.”
  • Miles on an early-signing period proposal: “It’s the only way to go.”
  • LSU continues to sign good receivers despite the QB woes: “I think they see the fact that young QBs at times can come to life.”
  • Miles says RB Nick Brossette used to sleep on his couch as an eighth-grader. Brossette is friends with Manny, Les’ son.
  • LSU has three sets of brothers on their team: the Teuhemas, the Fournettes, the Fergusons. “I like that there are a number of brother teams on our team.”
  • Miles: “For the first time, we took consecutive No. 1 players in the state.”
  • Jeff Grimes was a “point guy” on all five offensive linemen #LSU signed, Miles said.
  • Miles: “There were a couple of guys that said ‘no’ that I didn’t anticipate.”
  • Miles on new coaches Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron during recruiting: “I have to be honest, it’s a lot of fun to follow Ed around. He’s got a nice want and effort. He’s from Louisiana. He couldn’t hide it if he tried.”
  • Miles: “Really won’t know about this class for a year or two, but has a balance of speed and size.”
  • Miles on Tyron Johnson, No. 1 player in the state, signing: “His signing sends a message to the state: If you’re best, you need to come to LSU because we’ll play you.”
  • Miles on OL Toby Weathersby: “Big strong road grater. He reminds you a bit of La’el Collins in his body type.”
  • Miles on Aussie punters (LSU signed third in a row): “I kind of like those Australian guys.”
  • Signee TE Bry’Kiethon Mouton will play fullback as well as tight end, Miles sad.

LSU Signing Day Tracker: WR Brandon Martin closes class with signing

A look at LSU's fax machine. (Michael Bonnette | LSU)

A look at LSU’s fax machine. (Michael Bonnette | LSU)

Welcome to our LSU Signing Day Tracker, your place for instant updates Wednesday on LSU’s signing class. Click on prospects’ names to be shipped to their profiles. Scroll down for listings of players.

LSU’s Class Ranking (6:30 p.m.)

5:37 p.m.

WR Brandon Martin signed with the Tigers, the school announced, closing the class at 25 signees.

3:30 p.m.

Receiver Brandon Martin, who de-committed from Missouri on Wednesday morning, is set to sign with LSU later Wednesday.

Martin, the 45th-best receiver in the nation and a Monroe native, attends school in Dallas. He could be a qualifying risk. He would be LSU’s 25th signee, the max number schools can enroll in classes in the fall.

2:45 p.m.

LSU has received Tyron Johnson’s signed letter.

1:40 p.m.

The wait is over. Tyron Johnson has signed with the Tigers, but his papers have not been process yet by the school. He gives LSU 24 signees, which includes four early enrollees. Take a look before for the full list of signees, targets, etc.

The big question now: Does WR Brandon Martin, who de-committed from Missouri and committed to LSU Wednesday morning, sign with LSU? He’s a qualification risk.

Here’s Tyron Johnson signing:

12:51 p.m.

Nick Brossette sent his letter of intent early today, but had his ceremony in the afternoon.

12:48 p.m.

In-state DB Justin Reid, the brother of Eric Reid, picked Stanford.

What’s this mean? LSU is waiting on one commitment to sign: Tyron Johnson. The Tigers have two spots left. The other could be fore WR Brandon Martin, who flipped from Missouri earlier today but hasn’t signed.

12:41 p.m.

Jesuit TE Foster Moreau signed with LSU, the Tigers announced. Moreau had committed to LSU on Christmas Eve, but LSU wasn’t sure it had room for him. It did after all.

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12:02 p.m.

LSU announced the signing of Bry’Kiethon Mouton, a tight end from Lafayette. That means the Tigers have 18 signees. Include the four early enrollees and LSU has 22 guys while still waiting on two commits (see the list at the bottom of this post) and one target set to announce.

Les Miles and staff might land at 25 commits exactly.

11:07 a.m.

On signing day, LSU OL coach Jeff Grimes dropped this tweet to Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins, who remained in school for another year instead of leaping to the draft.

11 a.m.

The flip is official: LSU announced that Derrick Dillon, a highly rated in-state athlete, has signed. He announced this morning that he planned to sign.

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10:53 a.m.

New LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron tweeted out this during his first signing day in purple and gold.

10:35 a.m.

LB Leo Lewis, the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation, signed with Mississippi State. Lewis, a Brookhaven, Mississippi, native, was choosing between LSU and the Bulldogs.

What’s this mean? LSU may not sign a linebacker in the class of 2015.

10:20 a.m.

LSU announced the signing of Jazz Ferguson. As we reported lower on this tracker, he signed a while back.

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10:16 a.m.

More on Derrick Dillon flipping from Florida to LSU: http://bit.ly/1EGjhwk

10:03 a.m.

LSU is waiting for two committed players to sign (WR Tyron Johnson and TE BryBry’Kiethon Mouton) and announcements of two targets (DB Justin Reid and LB Leo Lewis).

The Tigers currently have 17 signed and four early enrollees for a count of 21. There is a max of 25 schools can enroll in the fall.

9:57 a.m.

LSU announced that it’s received the National Letter of Intent from Xavier Lewis, an in-state cornerback. That gives the Tigers

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9:54 a.m.

Moments after LSU announced Maea Teuhema’s signing, LSU OL coach Jeff Grimes sent out a message through Twitter:

9:53 a.m.

LSU makes official what we’re reported earlier in the tracker: Maea Teuhema signs with the Tigers.

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9:46 a.m.

Jesuit TE Foster Moreau tells Scout.com he’ll sign a full scholarship with LSU. That means the Tigers had room for him. That means they possibly won’t get a signing day target.

9:33 a.m.

As many expected, in-state WR Derrick Dillon has flipped from Florida and signed with LSU, according to multiple reports. The Tigers get the 21st-best WR in the  nation, according to 247Sports.

Dillon’s signing means that LSU has signed seven of the top 10 Louisiana prospects for the sixth time in the last 10 years. Here’s a story on that and a chart (click to enlarge):

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9:27 a.m.

LSU made official the signing of Donte Jackson, which we reported, through Rod Walker, below on this tracker. Jackson committed to LSU last month.

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9: 12 a.m.

Leonard Fournette’s brother, Lanard, signed with LSU. He committed a few weeks ago as an athlete.

LSU now stands at 14 unofficially signees and 11 officially signees with just three commits on the board and three targets left to announce.

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9:07 a.m.

OL Adrian Magee signed with the Tigers, giving LSU 13 unofficial signees and 10 officals.

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9:00 a.m.

In-state athlete Donte Jackson held true to his commitment and signed with the Tigers. The school hasn’t officially announced him as a signee but our Rod Walker was live at his signing.

Meanwhile, LSU officially announced the signing of Arden Key, which we reported earlier on the tracker.

8:58 a.m.

OL Chidi Valentine-Okeke, who surprisingly committed to LSU last week, has signed with the school. Valentine-Okeke may be a qualifying risk. Valentine-Okeke is a four star prospect from Georgia.

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8:53 a.m.

Patterson WR Daylon Charlot signed with Alabama. He de-committed from Bama while on a visit to LSU in the fall. He was deciding between the two schools today.

Of the six targets for LSU entering the day, the Tigers have gotten signatures from one of three who have announced.

8:50 a.m.

DE Arden Key, who committed in a live in an announcement ceremony on Fox Sports on Monday night, signed with LSU, according to the below tweet. Key has not been officially announced by the school.

8:45 a.m.

West Feliciana WR Jazz Ferguson signed with LSU. The signing has not been officially announced by the school, but our Robin Fambrough was live.

8:33 a.m.

Edna Karr DE Isaiah Washington signed with LSU. He’s a longtime commit and was, before Arden Key committed Monday, the only defensive lineman in the 2015 commit group.

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8:27 a.m.

George Brown Jr., an Ohio offensive lineman who’s been committed for a few months, signed with the Tigers, increasing the number of signees to seven.

Remember, LSU got a surprising signing from WR Branton Martin (who might go the junior college route) and a signing from OL Toby Weathersby. That means the Tigers have just two spots open for uncommitted players.

LSU can sign more than 25 guys but can only enroll 25 in the fall.

8:23 a.m.

Catholic RB Derrius Guice has signed with LSU. That gives the Tigers six signees today, coungint Maea Teuhema, who signed but hasn’t been officially announced by the school.

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8:15 a.m.

Big Texas offensive tackle Maea Teuhema, the brother of rising sophomore DE Sione, signed with the Tigers. Our Scott Rabalais is on the scene in Dallas. The school has yet to officially announce Maea as a signee, but he’s inked with the Tigers.

Teuhema signed while on Skype with his brother back in Baton Rouge.

Here’s a shot of him signing at Keller High.

8:08 a.m.

Longtime LSU commit Blake Ferguson, a long snapper, signed with LSU. His brother, Reid, is the Tigers starting long snapper and will be a senior this year.

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7: 57 a.m.

University RB Nick Brossette announced on Twitter that he’ll sign with LSU. There were rumblings over the last two weeks he could flip to Texas.

Moments after his tweet, the school announced him as its third signee of the day.

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7:54 a.m.

Important note: LSU’s signing of Weathersby and its flip of Dallas WR Branton Martin mean the Tigers have just two spots open for uncommitted players.

7:47 a.m.

LSU received a National Letter of Intent from Aussie punter Josh Growden, who was offered a scholarship and committed Monday night.

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7:42 a.m.

Mark it down: At 7:37 a.m., LSU announced its first signee and it was a big one. The Tigers got a signature from OL Toby Weathersby, one of a handful of signing day targets for LSU.

Weathersby is a top 10 offensive tackles in the nation, according to most player rankings. He was deciding between LSU, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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7:36 a.m.

LSU got its first surprise of National Signing Day when WR Brandon Martin announced that he’s flipping his commit from Missouri to the Tigers. He made the announcement on Twitter.

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Martin is a three-star wideout from Texas. He’s ranked as the 45th-best receiver in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Martin had been committed to Missouri for about a month.

7:34 a.m.

Nigerian defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. signed with Auburn. The news that he planned to do so broke Wednesday morning.

He was the first player new coaches Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron met with. He also spent his one and only official visit at LSU before breaking his leg in a basketball game.

7:20 a.m.

Quarterback Torrance Gibson has announced that he’ll sign with Ohio State, according to Scout.com.

LSU put on a late push for Gibson. Most figured he’d stick with his commitment to Ohio State, but the Tigers had him on a visit recently. He had a group of finalists that included Ohio State, Auburn and LSU.

7:15 a.m.

ESPN’s Niki Noto welcome LSU coach Les Miles to the office Wednesday. She’ll be embedded at the football operations building all day.

7 a.m.

Worth noting: Hunter Paniagua of Scout.com and Shea Dixon from 247Sports both changed their prediction for linebacker Leo Lewis from LSU to Mississippi State this morning. Here’s that link to the Scout.com predictions and the 247Sports.

Lewis, as you can see below, will sign at 10:30 a.m. LSU does not have a commit in the 2015 class. Lewis is the only linebacker still in the mix for the Tigers.

Targets Lost (4)

  • QB Torrance Gibson (signed with Ohio State)
  • WR Daylon Charlot (signed with Alabama)
  • LB Leo Lewis (signed with Mississippi State)
  • S Justin Reid (signed with Stanford)

Signees (21)

*Had not been previously committed
&Junior college signee who did not enroll, as expected, in January; plans to enroll in June.

Enrolled (4)

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about baseball lineup, recruiting, Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron likes Red Bull and the media. (Hilary Scheinuk)

Ed Orgeron likes Red Bull and the media. (Hilary Scheinuk)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

It doesn’t sound like it. From speaking with some recruiting analysts, Marshall sounds Southern Cal-bound.

I’m not sure LSU made him a top priority anyway. This is team and signing class isn’t lacking in defensive backs after all. The class has three DBs: Kevin Toliver II, Donte Jackson (an athlete expected to play DB) and Xavier Lewis. While the Tigers lose Rashard Robinson, Jalen Collins and Ronald Martin in the second, they return a host of young talent who were a part of last year’s class.

So, basically, they’re not hurting at DB.

Catcher Mike Papierski would be the leading candidate to take a starting job at season’s end. He’s shown a gun from behind the plate, and he’s a big switch hitter.

Still, he’s a freshman, and he’s got to come around better at the plate to see a lot of time in the lineup. Expect him, though, to catch, maybe, in a third or so of LSU’s game this season. But will he usurp Kade Scivicque behind the dish? Not so sure. A lot of that might depend on Scivicque.

Here ya go:

  • 1 Mark Laid (RF)
  • 2 Alex Bregman (SS)
  • 3 Conner Hale (1B)
  • 4 Chris Chinea (DH)
  • 5 Andrew Stevenson (CF)
  • 6 Kade Scivicque (C)
  • 7 Jake Fraley (LF)
  • 8 Danny Zardon (3B)
  • 9 Kramer Roberton (2B)

1,249.

Ha. Not really, of course. For those who don’t know, Orgeron is known for keeping a case of Red Bull next to his desk, chugging a can and then crushing it while he tosses it in the trash can.

Here’s our real over/under for signing day: 6

Defensive end Cece Jefferson eliminates LSU; Tigers favorite for DE Arden Key

LSU lost one possible commitment but might land another.

Cece Jefferson, a five star defensive end from Florida, eliminated the Tigers from his finalists Monday morning, hours after he visited Baton Rouge on an official visit this past weekend.

LSU now sets its sights on another defensive end: Georgia native Arden Key, a four star prospect ranked as the No. 4 weak-side defensive end in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Key, twice a de-commitment from South Carolina, is set to announce his decision at 9 Monday night on Fox Sports South.

Key is choosing between LSU, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina. Most recruiting services predict he’ll choose LSU. That includes Geaux247.com and TigerSportsDigest.com, the 247Sports and Scout.com sites covering LSU.

Key would be a key pickup for a squad that has only one commit from a defensive lineman two days before national signing day. LSU’s only commit from a prospect on the defensive front seven is three star DE Isaiah Washington of Edna Karr.

Key’s announcement Monday may be the final commitment news before players sign Wednesday. LSU’s other top targets, including linebacker Leo Lewis, quarterback Torrance Gibson, tackle Toby Weathersby and receiver Derrick Dillon, are set to decide on signing day.

LSU RB Leonard Fournette second in early Heisman Trophy odds

Leonard Fournette led LSU in rushing last year. (Travis Spradling)

Leonard Fournette led LSU in rushing last year. (Travis Spradling)

The 2015 season doesn’t begin in more than seventh months, but LSU running back Leonard Fournette is already garnering Heisman Trophy attention.

Fournette, the Tigers rising sophomore and former No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, is second in early Heisman Trophy odds, according to Bovada.

He’s at 7 to 1 odds to win the 2015 Heisman, tied with Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. LSU and Mississippi State meet on Sept. 12.  Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is the favorite  at 6 to 1.

Fournette began last season in the top 30 in Heisman Trophy odds. He finished the season leading LSU in rushing at 1,034 yards. He averaged 5.5 yards a carry and scored 10 touchdowns.

The full list of odds:

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Brandon Harris’ high school coach told him to leave LSU

Brandon Harris (left) and Anthony Jennings are expected to compete for the starting QB job again. (AP)

Brandon Harris (left) and Anthony Jennings are expected to compete for the starting QB job again. (AP)

David Feaster, Brandon Harris’ high school coach at Parkway, told the quarterback to transfer from LSU to a junior college over the Christmas holidays, the coach said on a north Louisiana radio show Wednesday morning.

Feaster tried to talk Harris into transferring, he said on the Tim Fletcher Show.

Despite Feaster’s advice, Harris decided to remain at LSU this semester and is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this spring along with Anthony Jennings.

Feaster said that LSU is telling receiver recruits to “‘come over here and play with Brandon Harris.”

“I couldn’t talk him into it,” Feaster said of Harris transferring. “Brandon is enjoying LSU. He’s all in for it. He’s going to try to go over there and compete.”

Here’s the full interview with Feaster.

Harris flourished over the first month of the season off of the bench and earned the starting nod for the game at Auburn. He struggled in LSU’s 41-7 loss, the worst of the Les Miles era. He went 3-for-14 and was yanked in the second half.

Harris never saw significant playing time again, despite Miles saying several times over the final months of the season that Harris would play.

“Last time I talked to him, I was trying to talk him into transferring to go to junior college,” Feaster said on the show. “You go to junior college and because he’s a qualifier he can be there for one year, leave at midterm and restart the reruiting process all over again.”

On ESPN 104.5’s After Further Review, Feaster admitted that Harris was right about remaining at LSU.

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about baseball’s lineup, the Jordan twins and football contracts

Paul Mainieri and LSU begin the season Feb. 13. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Paul Mainieri and LSU begin the season Feb. 13. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

  • C Kade Scivicque
  • 1B Conner Hale
  • 2B Kramer Robertson
  • SS Alex Bregman
  • 3B Danny Zardon
  • LF Jake Fraley
  • CF Andrew Stevenson
  • RF Mark Laird
  • DH Chris Chinea

It is way too early to predict who of the six candidates will get the No. 1 job as LSU’s ace on the mound. Here are the six in the mix, according to Paul Mainieri: freshmen Jake Godfrey, Jake Latz, Alex Lange and Doug Norman, sophomore Jared Poché and senior Kyle Bouman.

If I had to guess, Bouman gets the midweek starting job. Eventually, I think your weekend rotation is Alex Lange, Jared Poche and Jake Godfrey. Jake Latz could move to closer or Latz or Godfrey. Doug Norman has an awkward delivery. He could be the first reliever out of the pen.

We all know about the freshman pitchers (the ones listed above who will compete for a weekend starting job). I would watch all of them closely because two of the four will likely end the season in the weekend rotation and a third might be the closer.

Aside from the pitchers: catcher Michael Papierski. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Illinois is a guy who could end the season as LSU’s everyday catcher. He’s that good. Coach Paul Mainieri has raved about the kid, comparing him to Ty Ross in this Q&A.

I’ll go with Beau, but it’s not a safe bet. Both of them will see spot action in the outfield, but it appears that Beau may be slightly ahead. It’ll be tough for either to see a lot of playing time. After all, LSU returns all but one or two everyday starters from 2015.

Bryce can play some catcher, but that position is completely full: Kade Scivicque, Chris Chinea and Michael Papierksi. Expect both to get some time in a reserve role in corner outfield spots.

No. That’s a question for Alleva at some point. But I’ll tell you this: LSU now has all of its position coaches on deals expiring at the same time. Could that have been a reason? Maybe.

Steve Ensminger, Corey Raymond and Adam Henry all signed new two-year deals. Jeff Grimes and Bradley Dale Peveto signed three-year deals when they joined the staff last year. So, all of those contracts are expected to end around March 2017.

This one’s easy: pass rush. The Tigers struggled to pressure the quarterback this season. LSU finished the year with 102nd nationally in sacks at 1.46 a game. That’s the lowest the team has finished in former defensive coordinator John Chavis’ six-year tenure.

Here’s the problem: It won’t be easy to improve in that area. LSU loses its two starting defensive ends Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter. Likely replacements includeTashawn Bower, Deondre Clark, Sione Teuhema and Lewis Neal.

The Golson report has been shot down by just about everyone: Notre Dame sources, Notre Dame reporters, LSU sources, the quarterback himself. The list goes on. So, I’d imagine the likelihood of that happening is very low.

Braxton Miller seems more plausible, but, still, there’s not much smoke around the LSU camp about him (and there wouldn’t be; LSU can’t speak with him until after he gets released from Ohio State). Anything’s possible, I guess, but I don’t think either is likely. Miller has said he’ll remain at Ohio State, at least through spring practice.

He’s now like everyone else: If he qualifies academically, he’s eligible to play next year. He’s practiced with the team all fall.

There has not been any word, but I imagine that they have been going through individual workouts.

LSU spring game set for April 18

Les Miles begins his 11th spring practice. (Bill Feig)

Les Miles begins his 11th spring practice. (Bill Feig)

LSU will kick off spring practice on March 7 and will hold its annual spring game on April 18, the school announced on Monday.

A time for the spring game has not been set. The game coincides with LSU baseball’s series at Georgia. Spring football practice will overlap with the school’s spring break, which starts on April 3.

The Tigers will host pro day on March 27, and the program’s annual coaches’ clinic will be on March 19-20 this year.

For a second straight season, LSU spring practice is expected to be headlined by a starting quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. The Tigers also must replace left tackle La’el Collins and center Elliott Porter and defensive backs Jalen Collins and Ronald Martin, along with both starting defensive ends from 2014.

The Tigers will have four early enrollees who will participate in spring practice: cornerback Kevin Toliver II, fullback David Ducre, tight end Hanner Shipley and quarterback Justin McMillan.

‘The Cajun Cannon’ and ‘The Hat’ reunited

Les Miles and Bobby Hebert pose for a photo Wednesday. It appears that they've buried the hatchet. (Paul Spradley)

Les Miles and Bobby Hebert pose for a photo Wednesday. It appears that they’ve buried the hatchet. (Paul Spradley)

The silence between LSU coach Les Miles and New Orleans radio personality Bobby Hebert has ended.

Miles dined at Hebert’s restaurant in Metairie on Wednesday afternoon, the first interaction in three years between the man known as “The Cajun Cannon” and the coach known as “The Hat.”

Frank Wilson joined Les Miles at Bobby Hebert's restaurant. (Paul Spradley)

Frank Wilson joined Les Miles at Bobby Hebert’s restaurant. (Paul Spradley) Click to enlarge this photo.

Hebert and Miles haven’t met up since the former quarterback’s infamous exchange with Miles in the press conference following the Tigers’ 21-0 loss to Alabama in the 2012 national championship, said Paul Spradley, executive vice president for Hebert’s restaurant, “Cajun Cannon.”

Miles and recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson ate lunch Wednesday at the restaurant, and Hebert just happened to be around. The two talked and posed for photos.

Did they talk about Hebert’s rant and question after LSU lost to Alabama? Who knows. If you forgot about that exchange in January 2012, here’s a reminder:

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